The town of Winchester, located in Litchfield County, is in the state’s northwest corner and known as the Gateway to the Berkshire Mountains. Settled in 1732 and incorporated in 1771, Winchester contains the city of Winsted within its borders. Winsted, incorporated in 1750 and named for the towns of Winchester and Barkhamsted, was a major producer of mechanical clocks in the 1900s. Located along the Still River, the Gilbert Clock Company was one of the largest such operations in the world at the turn of the 20th century. Today, Winchester is home to one of the state’s largest lakes, Highland Lake, and is noted for its well-preserved and diverse 19th-century architecture.
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